Originally Posted by TimGoodwin
The streaming stick has the latest Netflix firmware. It's speed has improved a whole lot since the latest update. I also have a Roku 3, and I really don't see much of a difference between the two other than the You Tube channel takes longer to boot up.
This is in reference to the new, HTML streaming stick (launched in March this year). I think that gadgtfreek was referring to the older MHL stick, which has the old "native" Netflix UI
. The HDMI stick has the new common Netflix UI
, which I have on Roku 3, TiVo Roamio, TiVo Premiere, Xbox 360 and PS3. I don't have an HTML stick, but I've heard that since the 5.5 system update Netflix performs similarly to the Roku 3, as you said (there was also a concurrent Netflix channel update). On Roku 3 it now starts up in 2 seconds flat--it's breathtaking
. The first time you start it each day it asks what profile you want to use, but on subsequent starts it takes you back to precisely
where you were when you exited, with state entirely intact. If you'd been scrolling around through various genre rows they will all be scrolled to where you left them; if you were browsing the episodes of a series, it will return to that with the same episode selected.
The big advantage of the new Netflix channel is that it supports Profiles and the Netflix Kids UI. A Roku representative stated in their user forum that they and Netflix have been unable after much effort to make it run acceptably on the other 2nd and 3rd gen products, so they won't be bringing the new UI to them. Given this, it's hoped that they'll add Profile support to the old UI.